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27 January 2011 | PR 11/08

Former Loughborough Sports Scholar is a record breaking World Champion

Dan Greaves

Dan Greaves.

Former Loughborough University student Dan Greaves has claimed a gold medal, and a new world record, at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch.

The Athens 2004 Paralympic Champion defended his World Championship title in the F44 discus with a throw of 58.98 metres, beating his previous best by over three metres.

Dan completed a Masters degree in Sport and Leisure Management in 2009, having graduated from the University in Sport and Exercise Science in 2006.

During his time as a Loughborough student Dan was supported with funding through the University’s Sports Scholarship scheme.

Speaking of his achievements Dan Greaves said:

“I was really confident going into the competition and I was a bit annoyed to post two no-throws in the opening three, but I re-grouped and told myself to stick to what I do in training and I was so much more relaxed after that.

“This is amazing. I lost my way a bit after finishing third in Beijing (2008) but I re-focused and this win stands me in good stead for London (2012).”

The 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships are taking place in Christchurch, New Zealand from 22 – 30 January. It is the sixth time the event has been held. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement.

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Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
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E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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